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Rat Control Portland

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Rats! Hearing noises in the walls?

Or seeing rodents outside? Ready to call an exterminator, but don’t want risky chemicals? Call us today.

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Roof rat in SE Portland

Portland Rat Control

Our rat control services focus on thorough inspections, finding and sealing rat entry points, and using environmentally safe extermination techniques when necessary.

Its no secret, Portland rats are widespread & abundant. Like other invasive species, left unchecked, Norway rats and roof rats can multiply out of control– And fast.  We may not like to think about it, but rat control is essential for human health and safety.

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R. Jon MacDonald
R. Jon MacDonald
We've worked with Keith since he started, and he's been extremely attentive, kind, and responsive. We've had a few pest control companies over the years, and none of them have effective or personable!
Sam Wallace
Sam Wallace
Incredibly professional and thorough. Highly recommended!
Aaron Meola
Aaron Meola
Very happy with the service provided, highly recommended! We had some squirrels getting into a gap behind the gutter of our house. Keith came out quickly, did a thorough inspection of the whole property, placed some steel wool in gaps and set traps. The traps worked as planned and he came back a couple days later and did a great job sealing up the house once we knew they were taken care of.
Susan
Susan
We were happy to meet with Keith Chaloux, Owner of Pest & Pollinator LLC today. We had noticed an infestation of house ants while working on a remodel. He was prompt in getting back to me after I contacted him yesterday and set up an appointment to come by today. After surveying our property and identifying the area requiring treatment he was able to set bait on the spot! Such great and timely service was much appreciated. Susan B., SE Portland
Linda Burch
Linda Burch
Keith is thoroughly professional, thoughtful, and dedicated. I had an immediate pest concern which he responded to promptly. He is also dedicated to environment-friendly pest control. He kindly explains his strategies in a clear and friendly manner. He was also very kind to the family dog. Highly recommend.
Matthew Gallagher
Matthew Gallagher
Knowledgeable, professional, and effective!
Nicole Gerber
Nicole Gerber
Keith is the best in the business! I went through 5 different quotes and explanations for my problem. Keith had it dialed and solved within a month. Lowest cost, best communication, and a pleasure all around!
Brent Gummow
Brent Gummow
We reached out to Keith at Pest & Pollinator based on a recommendation from a friend who knew we were dealing with a growing ant invasion. He stopped out, listened, and gave us options for how we wanted to proceed. Keith also checks back in to make sure that what he did actually solved the problem and even came back to reapply and give us a few baited traps should the ants start coming back again later. All in all, great friendly service - we'll definitely be using him again.
Joe Armenia
Joe Armenia
he is fadst, he is affordable, he is good. is there anything else?
Alina Knop
Alina Knop
We worked with Keith and are grateful for the work he did for us! We had a dead raccoon in our crawlspace that needed to be removed asap. He was professional, able to safely take care of the job same-day and helped scope our property to identify rodent access points to prevent this issue in the future.

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Eco Friendly Rat Control

At first, a daytime rat sighting might be a novel moment of wildlife watching. But if you’re seeing rats in the backyard during the day, it’s best to be proactive to prevent rats from reproducing out of control and causing damage. We create custom Integrated Pest Management strategies for rats around your home, designed for safety for people, pets, and wildlife.

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Rat Control FAQs

What diseases do rats carry?

According to the CDC, rats can carry & transmit hantavirus (roof rats), hemorrhagic fever with renal symptoms, leptospirosis, tuleremia, bartonella, plague, salmonella and other diseases.

We seldom think about rat bourn illness. But for many with aging or unsecure homes, this could be a serious issue if not for professional rodent control services.

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Will Rats Just Go Away?

Unfortunately, probably not. Rats are both a political & ecological issue. Their foraging range is about 3 city blocks. If rats find a consistent food source within that area, each rat is capable of multiplying by 10 every two months.

Many experience this firsthand. Unsecured trash, dumpsters, chicken coops, squirrel feeders, bird food, fruit trees, compost, and even grass seed and earthworms can sustain large colonies of rats that become difficult to trap as they learn over time. 

Best Bait For Rat Traps?

The best bait for rat traps is usually nut butters & seed pastes. Nuts and seeds have the perfect blend of carbs, fats & proteins that rats crave. And spreads like peanut butter & sunflower butter are long-lasting & have a pasty consistency that is convenient for applying to the traps.

If peanut butter isn’t working, assume the rats associate the smell with a previous dangerous experience. Get creative and use something else with lots of carbs, protein and fat like bacon, chicken, candy, chips, jelly or jam.

Can Rats Climb Walls?

Yes, rats can scale 90 degrees up wood, concrete, vinyl, and any other walls with a textured surface. They have ice-pick sharp claws that allow them to climb vertical surfaces (just like a squirrel does).

Since rodents can climb over fences & walls (and also burrow underneath), that’s partly why it’s so difficult to keep rats out of your garden & yard.

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Peppermint Oil for Rats?

Peppermint oil contains menthol other volatile organic chemicals that can be irritating to mammals’ respiratory systems, skin or eyes if exposed to high concentrations.

When using peppermint oil to deter rats:

  • Always make sure you have closed up the entire house except 1 entry point.
  • Place your peppermint oil repellent (1-2 drops on a paper towel) into attics, crawlspaces, garages, or stuff into the 1 remaining entry point.
  • Seal the remaining entry point when the activity ceases.
  • Always use extreme caution with peppermint oil rat repellents to ensure you do not end up harming yourself or others.

Best Way to Get Rid of Rats

The best way to get rid of rats is to remove any attractive foods & hiding places possible. Inspect your foundation, vents, eaves, dormers & gutters every 6 months for entry points and seal any openings greater than 1/4″ with sturdy metal materials.

Beware that bird feeders can attract rats, and that homes with earthen crawlspaces are highly susceptible to invasion from burrowing Norway rats.

If you don’t have any food or hiding places for rats outside, or tried to control rats with unsatisfactory results, give us a call. 

We have the experience, equipment and excellent service you need to identify rodent entry points, get them sealed, and leave you with a plan for long-term success.

Pest & Pollinator LLC is committed to our mission of helping the Portland OR community solve pest problems while reducing pesticides and protecting biodiversity.

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We're Oregon's–and the PNW's–only Green Shield Certified pest control company by the IPM Institute of North America. We're committed to our mission to protect your health, safety and sustainability. You can feel confident when choosing Pest & Pollinator that we're protecting your family, pets, and planet better.

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See what our customers love about Pest & Pollinator:

R. Jon MacDonald
R. Jon MacDonald
We've worked with Keith since he started, and he's been extremely attentive, kind, and responsive. We've had a few pest control companies over the years, and none of them have effective or personable!
Sam Wallace
Sam Wallace
Incredibly professional and thorough. Highly recommended!
Aaron Meola
Aaron Meola
Very happy with the service provided, highly recommended! We had some squirrels getting into a gap behind the gutter of our house. Keith came out quickly, did a thorough inspection of the whole property, placed some steel wool in gaps and set traps. The traps worked as planned and he came back a couple days later and did a great job sealing up the house once we knew they were taken care of.
Susan
Susan
We were happy to meet with Keith Chaloux, Owner of Pest & Pollinator LLC today. We had noticed an infestation of house ants while working on a remodel. He was prompt in getting back to me after I contacted him yesterday and set up an appointment to come by today. After surveying our property and identifying the area requiring treatment he was able to set bait on the spot! Such great and timely service was much appreciated. Susan B., SE Portland
Linda Burch
Linda Burch
Keith is thoroughly professional, thoughtful, and dedicated. I had an immediate pest concern which he responded to promptly. He is also dedicated to environment-friendly pest control. He kindly explains his strategies in a clear and friendly manner. He was also very kind to the family dog. Highly recommend.
Matthew Gallagher
Matthew Gallagher
Knowledgeable, professional, and effective!
Nicole Gerber
Nicole Gerber
Keith is the best in the business! I went through 5 different quotes and explanations for my problem. Keith had it dialed and solved within a month. Lowest cost, best communication, and a pleasure all around!
Brent Gummow
Brent Gummow
We reached out to Keith at Pest & Pollinator based on a recommendation from a friend who knew we were dealing with a growing ant invasion. He stopped out, listened, and gave us options for how we wanted to proceed. Keith also checks back in to make sure that what he did actually solved the problem and even came back to reapply and give us a few baited traps should the ants start coming back again later. All in all, great friendly service - we'll definitely be using him again.
Joe Armenia
Joe Armenia
he is fadst, he is affordable, he is good. is there anything else?
Alina Knop
Alina Knop
We worked with Keith and are grateful for the work he did for us! We had a dead raccoon in our crawlspace that needed to be removed asap. He was professional, able to safely take care of the job same-day and helped scope our property to identify rodent access points to prevent this issue in the future.